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Sr. Eileen M. Fagan, PhD

Eileen Fagan

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
PhD, Fordham University
MA, Fordham University
MS, Yeshiva University
BA, University of Mount Saint Vincent

Areas of Interest

  • Economic justice in Catholic social teaching
  • Common good and environmental justice
  • Liberation theology in the twenty-first century
  • Laity of Vatican II
  • Inclusiveness of women in the Catholic Church
  • Women and religion
  • Moral theology and immigration reform
  • Moral theology and the market place


  • RELS 208 Core: The Life of Faith
  • RELS 327 Modern Catholic Thinkers
  • RELS 305 Understanding the Bible
  • RELS 350 The Roman Catholic Church
  • RELS 370 Catholic Social Teaching
  • RELS 404 Religion and Social Justice
  • RELS 416 Saint, Yesterday and Today
  • RELS 429 Evil, Suffering, and God

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • College Theology Society
  • Society of Christian Ethics


  • Scholarship form the Council of Independent Colleges for Seminar: “Teaching Interfaith Understanding,” Harvard University, Massachusetts, July 2014.

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks
Interruptions and Encounters: Theologies of Johann Baptist Metz and Pope Francis in Dialogue.” College Theology Society, June 2017.

“Is the Environment a Social Justice Issue?” Chaired the Social Justice Conference, University of Mount Saint Vincent, April 2017.

An Ethic of Development: The Bridge to an Economy of Life.” Catholic Social Teaching Conference, University of Notre Dame, March 2017.

“Who Are ‘We the People’”: January Presidential Election? Panel Presentation, University of Mount Saint Vincent, February 2017.

“Liturgy and Empowerment: Rooted in a Table of Justice.” College Theology Society, June 2016.

Study Program in Rome for Theologians: A View from a Participant.” College Theology Society, May 2015.

“Pope Francis as Theologian” Panel Presentation on the First Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis. University of Mount Saint Vincent, March 20, 2014.

“Celebration of Vatican II.” Invited Lecturer for the Parish Adult Education Program of Saint Margaret, September 23, 2013.

“The Mount, the Church, and Social Justice.” Fall Forum, University of Mount Saint Vincent, October 22, 2009.

 “Church of Martyrdom: A Contemporary Interpretation According to Jon Sobrino,” Catholic Theological Society of America, June 2008.

“Incarnation: The Road to Martyrdom.” Rivier College Symposium: Commemoration and Legacy of the Central American Martyrs, June 2005.

Respondent to three papers. Religions, Social Conflict, and Peace Consultation Section. American Academy of Religion, November 2004.

“Mysticism and Political Holiness: Jon Sobrino’s Christology.” College Theology Society, June 2002.

“Allowing the Waters of Hope and Liberation to Flow: A Contemporary Interpretation of Martyrdom.” Catholic Theological Society of America, June 2001.


An Interpretation of Evangelization: Jon Sobrino’s Christology and Ecclesiology in Dialogue (Rev. Diss). Bethesda, MD: International Scholars Press, 1998.

Foreword to Pillars of Catholic Social Teachings: A Brief Social Catechism, by Perry Roets, SJ, Bethesda, MD: International Scholars Press, 1999.

“Interruptions and Encounters: Theologies of Johann Baptist Metz and Pope Francis in Dialogue.” College Theology Society Annual Volume, Forthcoming.

With Alfred R. D’Anca. “Drug Courts and Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges for a Retributive Age. Catholic Social Science Review. Annual Volume 21, 2016.

Moral Imagination and Prophetic Witness: Women Religious Congregations in a World of Globalization.” God Has Begun a Great Work in Us: Embodied Love in Consecrated Life and Ecclesial Movements. College Theology Society, Annual Volume 60, 2014.

Book Reviews
Thirteen Book Reviews for Religious Studies Review, 1999−2007.

Three Book Reviews for, Adelphi University, 2003–2006.

Living the Magnificat: Affirming Catholicism in a Broken World. Edited by Mark D. Chapman. New York: Mowbray/Continuum, 2007. Book Review for Horizon: The Journal of the College Theology Society, 2006.

Professional Activities
Convener and Moderator of the Jon Sobrino Group, Annual Convention of CTSA, 2008.

Moderator of the Mission Theology Group, Annual Convention of CTSA, 2006.

Steering Committee Member, Women’s Constructive Seminar, CTSA, 2002−2010.